On State Budgets and Parliamentary Budgets (Pt. II of II)

After paying all State Expenses, remaining State Revenues are added to the State Budget. From here, the Council State is able to allocate its State Budget to any part of the Socialist Nation. The SSE, the VCS Economy, the Reciprocal-Reserve Banking System, the central government and its subordinates, and the National Intranet can all receive Actual Geld from the State Budget. When the Council State decides to allocate Actual Geld from the State Budget, it transfers them to a “State Fund” earmarked to a specific recipient. Although not mentioned anywhere in The Work-Standard or The Third Place, the presence of these State Funds was always presumed by this Author to be a constant factor.

Distribution of the State Funds are meant to be controlled by a larger organization. The organization depends on whether we are talking about the SSE, the VCS Economy, the Reciprocal-Reserve Banking System, the central government and its subordinates, or the National Intranet.

  • In the SSE, the State Funds are controlled by the Student Government and allots them to the Student Guilds and Student Enterprises of the Student Tournament.
  • In the VCS Economy, Industrial Concerns, Consortiums, Subsidiaries, and Guilds control the State Funds of all Enterprises under their leadership. For individual Enterprises within the official Tournament, a State Bank is responsible for their State Funds.    
  • In the Reciprocal-Reserve Banking System, the Central Bank controls the State Funds of Kontore, State Commissariats of Wages and Prices, State Banks and National-Socialized Banks (NSEs).
  • In the central, regional and local governments, the Council State allows its State Funds to be distributed by their legislatures, the Councils. By extension, the Councils are responsible for State Funds of the Administrations, Bureaus, Departments, and Offices that form the bureaucracies of the Ministries. The Judiciaries also draw from the same State Funds.
  • And in the National Intranet, the State Funds are jointly controlled by the Ministry of Science (which runs and operates the digital infrastructure) and the Ministries of Economics and Finance (which are responsible for the LERE Process in the digital realm).   

Again, nothing discussed here should seem too out of the ordinary. The concept of a State Fund was already presumed to exist, even if it was not given its proper designation in either The Work-Standard or The Third Place.

Drawing Geld from their State Funds, the recipients spend them on everything that they need to create more Arbeit. The State Fund will periodically be replenished by additional influxes of Geld from the Council State’s State Budget. Alternatively, it is also possible for the State Funds to be filled with any Geld that its recipients generated from transactional sales. Most Enterprises in general are capable of doing exactly that. This is part of the same Intent as to why Life-Energy Charging (LEC) is to be performed by small-scale Enterprises like Cooperatives and Workshops.

Any Geld made from transactional sales can be added to the State Fund. It is up to the Enterprises in question to decide whether they should be keeping the surplus Geld in their organizational budgets or allocating the surplus to the State Fund. If an Enterprise decides to keep more Geld from their transactional sales, the likelihood of the Council State sending less Geld to that Enterprise’s State Fund will increase. This is because the Council State knows that the Enterprise has more than enough Geld from transactional sales to create more Arbeit. Thus, the Council State concludes that the Enterprise in question can afford to receive less Geld from its State Fund.  

Even though one Enterprise may be operating on a budgetary surplus, we cannot always assume that the other Enterprises drawing from the State Fund are also having the same experience. It is possible that they may be experiencing a budgetary deficit. To ensure that all Enterprises relying on one State Fund receive what they need to create Arbeit, the Council State can mandate the Enterprises with surpluses to receive less Geld from the State Fund, allowing the less well-off Enterprises to draw more Geld from the State Fund. That can be arranged by the Council State and enforced by the State Commissariats on a weekly basis.

Similarly, any Geld obtained from taxes such as “Sonderabgaben (Special Charges)” automatically goes straight to the State Fund of its beneficiaries. A “Special Charge” on foodstuffs gets sent to the State Funds of the Enterprises producing those foodstuffs. Meanwhile, Geld made from an Excise Tax on tobacco or alcohol is added to the State Budget, while the Geld made from the transactional sales belong to the Enterprises that manufactured them.

A similar conclusion can be made about the “People’s Surcharges” of a Specialty Shop from sales of imported goods. Geld generated from People’s Surcharge is added to the budget of a local government hosting the Specialty Shop. Once the costs of the Specialty Shop are paid off, the local government will then be to allocate the remaining Geld to any State Funds under its jurisdiction.

But what about the State Funds for government bureaucracies, whose operations would not allow them to generate any Geld from transactional sales? In the case of Administrations, Bureaus, Departments, and Offices, they all draw from the same State Fund, which is affected by the allocations of Geld from the State Budget. Since there are no transactional sales, their State Funds are to be split among themselves.

We can make a likewise conclusion regarding the Government Sector of the VCS Economy, which is responsible for the provision of Essential Services in Production for Dasein. The Essential Services is Production for Dasein’s equivalent to the “Public Utilities” found in Production for Profit and Production for Utility. An Essential Service refers to any good or service conducive to the well-being of the Totality. Key examples include water, electricity, healthcare, mail delivery, fuel production, housing, telecommunications, urban planning, education, highways and railways, seaports and airports, wastewater treatment, waste disposal and recycling. Also included are mass transportation systems, construction and landscaping crews, and the military-industrial complex. These Enterprises generate little or no Geld from transactional sales, their contributions to the Life-Energy Reserve derived from consistent, affordable provisions of those Essential Services. If any of them were to generate Geld from a transactional sale, the Geld gets added to their State Funds.

In retrospect, think of the State Fund as the organizational equivalent to the Paygrades allotted to individuals and their families. Just as Households draw Geld from their Paygrades, so too do Enterprises draw Geld from their State Funds. Like Households and the Council State, Enterprises must decide on how to spend their Geld in order to create Arbeit. The performance of Enterprises can and will influence how much Geld the Council State is willing to allocate from the State Budget. Is it better to spend Geld now or to save Geld for the future?

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